A great authentic Italian restaurant, open late enough to get someting after the theatre.
Pizza's are good, as is the Talgiata di Manzo con rucola (Steak and Salad) and the Lobster Pasta, but the must try is Malleoredus - a Sardinian pasta dish, with pecorino and salami.
19 Canonbury Lane, London, N1 2AS; tel: 020 7226 9791
Nearest tube: Highbury
Inimitable family-run Italian restaurant. Rocco & Gerarda do the business with their pasta and pizzas plus they make a lovely espresso to finish your meal with. It's relaxed, friendly and inexpensive.
4a The Promenade, Gloucester Rd, Bishopston, BS7 8AL;
tel: 0117 942 5829
Try pizza for Cubans, sold from house windows. If you look around you can get this cheap and tasty local pizza for as little as 5 peso cubanos. Greate taste. Enjoy your meal!
Try Piro Guinart, the green house on the corner, a few metres from the bus terminal.
Boustan is my fave place for lebanese wraps in Montreal. It's the perfect place to get a bite to eat after a night of partying on Crescent Street (they're busiest at 3am). Their shish-taouks are fantastic. Made with garlic mayo, pickled turnips, the entire wrap is fire roasted before being served. A real cheap eat as well at about C$4 each.
2020A Crescent Street (on the north west corner of Crescent Street and de Maisonneuve Blvd);
tel: (514) 843-3576
The Parque Central area is the place to stay when visiting Havana. A cheaper alternative to the Parque Central Hotel is the adjoining Hotel Plaza, which was built circa 1905 and has since been renovated, with a marvellous entrance and lobby. Rooms are small and dark, but you only use them for sleeping. No pool but you can use the one down the street at the Hotel Sevilla for a few CUCs (1.08 $ U.S.) One should visit the rooftop dining room at the Sevilla, have a drink at the sidewalk cafe of the Inglaterra, and see what's happening on the Inglaterra roof, Friday or Saturday (all within 1 minute from the hotel). The roof of the Plaza gives the best view of the Bacardi building just to the east. The Sevilla and the Telegrafo are intermediate in quality and price, between the Plaza and the Parque Central. Also, it’s very close to the two art museums (don't miss the modern one of Cuban art, in between the Sevilla and the Museum of the Revolution).
Ingnacio Agramonte 267, Habana Vieja, Havana, in the north east corner of Parque Centrale, adjacent to Hotel Parque Central. Food, drinks, bottled water, bank just across the street
Iranian restaurant in the charming east end of the french Plateau. Voted into Montréal's "Best Of" by the Montréal Mirror in 2004-2005; also ongoing "Most Memorable" since 1999.
Have never had anything here that I've not liked: Delicious appetisers, pastries, menu. Outstanding selection of teas to finish. Don't plan on a quick lunch - service is relaxed but the meal also has many courses.
Good if you're vegetarian or otherwise.
1499 Laurier est (cross Papineau);
(514) 523 9396
Our tour took us across to Pag, featured in many restaurant menus for its tasty cheeses. Take a long leisurely walk round the backstreets of the island and get invited in by the locals to their little cheese dairies (usually the back room of a house), and buy a round to take on a picnic with fruit and local beer. Pag from the mainland appears like a moonscape (I think it's actually made of cheese).
Its a restaurant (like tapas, but Dalmation-style) and I recommend it because the staff are lovely, the food is outstanding (try the drunken figs!), and best of all, you sit at upturned half-barrels and drink local wine out of tumblers in the candlelight - there are no electric lights in there. Perfect.
Hvar Town, wander and you'll find it. I think its near sweet and pretty zimmer frei bar (the one with the white laundry hanging outside - love the bloomers).
Konoba Krkjaši in Uvala Krknjas bay, serves up fresh fish and excellent meat dishes at reasonable island prices and is set in a lovely garden. It’s tucked away by a wooden pier where you can moor shallow draft boats.
Uvala Krknjas Bay, Drvenik Island. You can get a ferry from Trogir Riva.
Tel 021 893 073 or mobile 091 575 0925
If you are looking for a piece of real San Francisco - a place frequented by the few natives who can still afford to live in the city - this is it.
Gaspare's, formerly known as Vince's, has amazing pizza in a decidedly unpretentious, almost kitschy, atmosphere.
I grew up in this neighborhood and ate there often - devouring every bit of thin crusted, olive oil soaked, garlic permeated goodness. I recommend the "Bruce Special." I also recommend that you steer clear of anything but pizza.
5546 Geary Blvd, San Francisco (Richmond District);
tel: (415) 387 5025;
This little city has many “hofjes” or courtyards hidden away between houses. Try the Begijnhof, an oasis of calm close to the bustling heart of the city. It’s on the Spui. A doorway in a terrace of houses leads you into this idyll where there is a lovely English Church dating back to 1400. Here too is the oldest house in Amsterdam, one of the few surviving wooden ones.
One of the publicity slogans that the city has is that while Rome has more sunshine, Amsterdam has more cafes. And it’s true. There are more than a thousand restaurants in Amsterdam. When the Dutch go out to eat, they rarely eat Dutch food which is like much of that from the hinterland of Europe based on root vegetables and geared towards high calories to combat the fierce winter winds from the North. Avoid the inevitable tourist menus around Dam Square and look elsewhere for somewhere a bit different.
Check that your choice of restaurant takes credit cards if that is what you’re paying with as there are many that still don’t take this form of payment. If you’re after a bit of dining in grand turn-of-the-century style then try 1e Klas, (First Class) which is in the former 1st Class waiting room at Central Station. Or for something unusual, The Sea Palace, a very large floating Chinese temple.
One of the nice things about this city is that it doesn’t matter where you sit in a bar or restaurant, the price is the same. By the way, the Dutch eat early and a lot of restaurants will have stopped serving food after nine. Also, it is legal to drink wine and beer from the age of 16 in Holland. And Holland is a paradise for beer drinkers with such a huge variety available, both local and imported.
Begijinhof: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 371; www.begijnhofamsterdam.nl/index_engels.html
1e Klass: Platform 2B, Centraal Station, in the centre; tel: 020 625 0131
The Sea Palace: Oosterdokskade 8; tel: 020 626 4777;
Funky French bistro assembled from a decomissioned Parisian bar. Live music on the weekend, inexpensive lunches, intimate, discreet place for dates. Located between Union Square, the Financial District, and Chinatown. A true San Francisco gem.
7 Claude Lane, San Francisco CA 94108;
tel: (415) 392 3505;
Tralee restaurants boast a plethora of chefs producing great food. From traditional Irish to the subtleties of vegetarian seasoning, from finest Oriental to superb seafood. Cheeses from small specialised local dairies. Oysters and mussels from clear, clean Atlantic waters. Local beef from lush pastures flamed in Irish whiskey. Succulent lamb from heather laden hillsides with the freshest of vegetables.
Try Val’s Bistro, Restaurant David Norris, An Pota-Stoir, The Oyster Tavern, The Tankard, The Cookery, Bella Bia… Or a bare little vegetarian cafe called Brat’s Place where the menu of two items is chalked on a board. It has to be said that the particular dishes on offer were a joy to the palate.
Across from The Hotel Barcino, just off La Rambla, is a shop that sells falafels. Middle Eastern food seems popular here. It is easy to become addicted to these vegetarian pittas with their lip-numbing contents dressed with houmous, tabbouleh and coriander with chilli.
Don’t miss Sunday brunch at Zazie in sunny Cole Valley, where the hip and trendy meet for mimosas and eggs Benedict while discussing the week’s goings on and browsing the Sunday papers.
941 Cole St. (between Carl St. and Parnassus Ave)
(415) 564 5332
Argentine-run neighbourhood pizzeria in among the seafood haunts of Barceloneta. Wander just beyond the market square in the evenings and be ushered in by a life-sized hoarding of Maradona in his Boca Juniors outfit. The Hand of God offers up not footballing controversy but an appetising looking pizza alla marinara.
Carrer de La Maquinista;
Hlucin is a town of around 15,000 people with an artificial lake, Sterkovna (Sterkac in local parlance), which has waterskiiing, windsurfing, swimming, mini-golf, and of course a few bars. You can go fishing on one side of the lake, too.
Hlucin itself also has numerous excellent bars, including the legendary "56", as well as some pretty decent restaurants and a couple of very good boarding houses. It's where lots of people chill out at weekends and it's a good place to relax with a few beers.
If you're lucky, catch the footy team at Hlucin stadium near the railway station. There’s a good pub at the station, and a great pub, "Gol", at stadium. Then continue the pub crawl down the road and carry on. Very friendly people, nice little cinema, good food and a nice place to sunbathe. Well played all round.
Take the 56, 34, 69, 70, 71 or 72 bus from Ostrava - should take only 15 to 20 mins. Get off opposite the "56" pub or hang on one more stop and get out at the bus station just near the main square.
Great little hidden treasure on the city fringe, and a short walk to Hyde Park, Museum and Oxford Street. It’s a traditional espresso bar that has a definite flavour of Italy mixed with the warm hospitality of Sydney. Located in the foyer of a small boutique hotel, it attracts an eclectic mix of corporates, travellers and locals. Real baristas serving cups of perfection - latte art and all. We had breakfast everyday there whilst visiting Sydney. Well worth checking out!
4 Wentworth Avenue, Darlinghurst;
Taverna Alonia is a really friendly restaurant, with great food. Every year I meet so many people there who have returned to the island again, and seem to spend every night of their holiday in Alonia.
Molyvos, North Lesbos;
tel: 22530 71355
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